• Short Summary

    President El-Nimeiry's Government allowed the filming on Friday (July 30) of the Khartoum guest house in which 28 loyal soldiers were killed by rebels on July 22, during the battle to maintain control following the short-lived coup of July 19.

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    President El-Nimeiry's Government allowed the filming on Friday (July 30) of the Khartoum guest house in which 28 loyal soldiers were killed by rebels on July 22, during the battle to maintain control following the short-lived coup of July 19. The 28 men were in a group of 32 being held in detention by the rebels since the day of the coup. The four survivors were seriously injured -- and, to date, only one of them has been able to give an eye-witness account of the shootings.

    The house still shows signs of the killings and the fighting -- blood on beds, walls and floors; burnt doors and windows; debris and bullet holes.

    SYNOPSIS: A Government guest house in Khartoum still shows the signs of the battle which took place as President El-Nimeiry's troops fought to regain control following the rebel coup of July 19. Thirty-two officers and men loyal to the President had been confined to the guest house by the rebels since the day of the coup -- and held there without facilities and almost without food. On the twenty-second, as El-Nimeiry's troops counter-attacked, twenty-eight of the guest house's prisoners were shot dead by the rebels.

    Only one of the four badly-injured officers, Colonel Saad Bahar, has so far been able to give an eye-witness report of the shootings, saying: "The shouts came nearer and nearer and suddenly I heard the order to shoot. They shot through the door with a submachine gun. Then they opened the door and began to shoot again and again. Some were injured, some were dead or dying. One officer lying beside me was asked his rank - he replies Colonel. They shot him. They began to shoot the others who were not dead." (PAUSE) It is these killings which are said to be largely responsible for the wave of reprisals against the coup leaders.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA8019JCZBAG16IW9M1MAEUU776
    Media URN:
    VLVA8019JCZBAG16IW9M1MAEUU776
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    31/07/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:10:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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